It is perhaps hard to find a person who has never heard of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape variety. And among wine consumers, it is almost impossible to find those who have never tasted it. Avoiding acquaintance with it is extremely problematic because it is Cabernet Sauvignon that ranks first in terms of vineyard area in the world among technical grape varieties (that is, among those that are used to produce wine, and not for food).
Why is Cabernet Sauvignon So Popular?
As the founding fathers of Californian winemaking — André Tchelistcheff — said: “Cabernet Sauvignon was created by God, and Pinot Noir was created by the devil.” The grapes of this variety are unpretentious and grow all over the world, from Canada to Israel. The vine is resistant and not afraid of bad weather conditions and consistently brings a huge quality crop. This wine can be stored for many years, due to the characteristics of the grapes with a high level of tannins, and aging in oak barrels adds interesting notes to the wine.
Cabernet Sauvignon is traded not only at puninwine.com, which is a wine shop online in Cyprus, but also on the stock market. Specialized sites track the value of wine over time, just like stocks. Investing in wine offers a return similar to gold or jewelry. Currently, Bordeaux is considered one of the best regions for wine investment.
Interesting Cabernet Sauvignon Facts
In 2008, a study was conducted at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, which showed that different musical styles can affect the perception of the taste of wines by 60%. The researchers noted that the songs of Jimi Hendrix enhance the taste of Cabernet Sauvignon.
Cabernet has its official holiday, the Thursday before American Labor Day (September 6). The first official #CabernetDay was celebrated in 2010, created by marketer Rick Bakas to promote wine on social media.
A 1992 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold in the world. A six-liter bottle of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon cost the buyer $500,000.
What goes with Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon wines, being quite harsh and full-bodied, go well with many dishes:
The easiest option. Classic steaks, such as rib-eye and filet mignon, are especially well combined with Cabernet. The degree of roasting is recommended from rare to medium.
Pay attention to the cheeseburger: cheese plays a decisive role in this combination. Crispy fried onions, lightly smoked sauce, sumptuous meat — despite its simplicity, you will remember this dinner for a long time.
Many chefs call lamb the best pairing with Cabernet Sauvignon. But here it’s an acquired taste: if you like this meat, then most likely, you will appreciate the combination.
If you do not eat meat, do not refuse a glass of Cabernet: grilled mushrooms with butter and garlic also perfectly highlight its taste.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a versatile wine for cheese because it pairs well with hard cheeses like cheddar or Gouda, as well as soft, aromatic ones like Gorgonzola.